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"She gave a voice to his words and fire to his passion."
  • R
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 5.9  (1,815)
  • 70

Nora is a biographical drama film based on the life of the Irish author and playwright, James Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle. The film was directed by Pat Murphy and stars Ewan McGregor, Susan Lynch, and Andrew Scott. The film takes place in the early 1900s in Dublin, Ireland, and begins with Nora working as a maid at the Finn’s Hotel, where she meets James Joyce. The two quickly become infatuated with each other and begin a passionate love affair. However, their relationship is not without its difficulties, and Nora struggles to reconcile Joyce's unconventional writing style with her conservative Catholic upbringing.

As Joyce begins to publish his groundbreaking works, Nora becomes increasingly supportive of his writing, despite the controversies that arise from his unconventional themes and approach. She remains his muse throughout his life and encourages him to continue writing, even when his work is misunderstood and criticized.

The film explores the challenges that Nora faces as a woman in a male-dominated society, as well as her struggles to navigate Joyce's complex personality and unconventional approach to love and relationships. It also highlights the impact that Joyce's writing has on Nora's life and the wider literary world, as his work becomes increasingly influential and celebrated.

The performances in Nora are exceptional, with Ewan McGregor delivering a convincing portrayal of Joyce's brilliance and eccentricities, while Susan Lynch provides a nuanced and emotional portrayal of Nora's strength and vulnerability. Andrew Scott also shines in his role as Frank Budgen, Joyce's fellow writer and friend.

The film is visually stunning, with beautiful cinematography capturing the changing seasons and the vibrant city of Dublin. The score, composed by Shaun Davey, is also a highlight, with its stirring melodies perfectly complementing the film's emotional and dramatic moments.

Overall, Nora is a poignant and captivating film that offers a glimpse into the life of one of literature's most influential couples. It is a story of love, passion, and artistic expression, and a tribute to the enduring power of Joyce's writing and Nora's unwavering support.

Nora is a 2000 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9 and a MetaScore of 70.

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